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Improving Customer Experience on Metro Rail

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) held a press conference Thursday, January 19 to announce its new campaign encouraging passengers of the Metro Rail to “Ride Nice.”

The goal is to take proactive measures ensuring riders feel safe with an overarching campaign that ties in the NFTA code of conduct with informational changes to Metrorail.

With increased Transit Police presence, along with coordination from Senator Tim Kennedy, the Buffalo Board of Education, and Buffalo Peacemakers, the NFTA will work with the community to put forth a positive message and create a comfortable environment for all passengers.

 

"This is truly a collaborative initiative; I'm pleased to see the NFTA partnering with the Buffalo Peacemakers and the Buffalo Board of Education to unveil this important campaign," said Senator Tim Kennedy. "By implementing these changes, the NFTA is demonstrating a commitment to improving rider safety and experience throughout the Metro Rail system."

 

“My number one priority is keeping our riders and community safe,” said Kim Minkel, executive director, NFTA. “We are doing everything in our power to enhance rider experience with a focus on safety and security.”

 

 

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -After assessment of current conditions, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) announced the airfield at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport will remain closed until 11:00 a.m.Wednesday December 28, 2022, due to extreme weather.

 

High winds and low visibility at the airport over the holiday weekend created hazardous conditions.

 

Pittsburgh Airport has reached out and will be sending some snow plowing equipment to assist

and airport crews are working around the clock to ensure safe travels as soon as possible.

 

Please continue to check on the website for the latest information at buffaloairport.com.       

 

About the NFTA 

The NFTA is a regional multi-modal transportation authority responsible for airport and surface transportation in Erie and Niagara counties. NFTA/NFTM businesses include a bus, rail and ADA paratransit system, two commercial airports, and transportation centers in Buffalo and Niagara Falls. In 2019, a J.D. Power study ranked the Buffalo Niagara International Airport highest in customer satisfaction for medium sized airports in North America.  

 

Limited bus service to run

   

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                           

 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – As of Wednesday December 28, The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) will restore bus service on the following routes,

4 Broadway

8 Main

11 Colvin

24 Genesee

25 Delaware

34 Niagara Falls Boulevard

35 Sheridan

40 Buffalo-Niagara Falls

47 Wehrle

48 Williamsville

49 East Amherst

50 Buffalo Ave

52 North End Circulator

55 Pine Ave

59 NCCC

Metro Rail service will continue with trains leaving every half-hour.

Paratransit service remains suspended.

Please continue to check for service updates via social media and on Metro’s website: metro.nfta.com.

 

 

About the NFTA

The NFTA is a regional multi-modal transportation authority responsible for airport and surface transportation in Erie and Niagara counties. NFTA/NFTM businesses include a bus, rail and ADA paratransit system, two commercial airports, and transportation centers in Buffalo and Niagara Falls. In 2019, a J.D. Power study ranked the Buffalo Niagara International Airport highest in customer satisfaction for medium sized airports in North America.

 

What Started as an Emergency Rescue Turns into a Stay at the Buffalo Airport Fire Department and a Joyful Holiday Morning

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y., At the start of the blizzard on Friday, Demetrice and Danielle lost power at their home in Williamsville, so they packed their kids up Aayden, (8), Aubree (4), Jordynn (2), and Judah (9 months) and headed to a local hotel. The roads and visibility were treacherous and their vehicle got stuck.  Demetrice and Danielle were one of many motorist stuck in the roundabout on Aero and Youngs Road. Buffalo Airport Fire Fighters, Mike Carrubba, Mark Wolhfiel and Joel Eberth rescued 42 people, and brought them to the ARFF Facility.  Demetrice and Danielle were the only ones with young children so they stayed in the firehouse and even through they were away from home, they had a great holiday for the family and firefighters. Aayden asked if he could be in uniform with us and was given a uniform and department T-shirt and learned about dispatch.

 

“It was an amazing experience for our firefighters and it definitely made us better people.” Said Joel Eberth, Assistant Chief Buffalo Airport Fire Department. “With them being here, Christmas became a big concern because Aayden was so excited that Santa would know he was here and he would get to celebrate at a real firehouse and we didn’t want to disappoint, so we were able to find several items in the firehouse to wrap for the family and with the amazing help from the field office delivering some items from the terminal, we were able to make sure Santa paid a visit.”

 

This was certainly a very different, but joyful holiday for everyone.  

 

 

 

 

About the NFTA 

The NFTA is a regional multi-modal transportation authority responsible for airport and surface transportation in Erie and Niagara counties. NFTA/NFTM businesses include a bus, rail and ADA paratransit system, two commercial airports, and transportation centers in Buffalo and Niagara Falls. In 2019, a J.D. Power study ranked the Buffalo Niagara International Airport highest in customer satisfaction for medium sized airports in North America.  

 

 

 

 

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -After careful assessment, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) announced the airfield at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport will remain closed until 11:00 a.m. Tuesday December 27, 2022.

 

High winds caused snow drifts and low visibility at the airport over the holiday weekend but airport crews are working to ensure safe travels as soon as possible.

 

Please continue to check on the website for the latest information at buffaloairport.com.       

 

About the NFTA 

The NFTA is a regional multi-modal transportation authority responsible for airport and surface transportation in Erie and Niagara counties. NFTA/NFTM businesses include a bus, rail and ADA paratransit system, two commercial airports, and transportation centers in Buffalo and Niagara Falls. In 2019, a J.D. Power study ranked the Buffalo Niagara International Airport highest in customer satisfaction for medium sized airports in North America.  

 

 

 

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) announced the airfield at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport will remain closed until 11:00 a.m. Monday December 26, 2022 due to high winds and low visibility.

 

The NFTA Transit Police, Buffalo Airport Fire and Airfield teams have worked tirelessly to help rescue stranded motorists and have provided shelter for roughly 60 people.

 

Airport officials state there are a number of cars stranded around the area of Genesee Street and Cayuga Road and are asking the public to heed the driving ban.

 

Please continue to check on the website for the latest information at buffaloairport.com.       

  

About the NFTA 

The NFTA is a regional multi-modal transportation authority responsible for airport and surface transportation in Erie and Niagara counties. NFTA/NFTM businesses include a bus, rail and ADA paratransit system, two commercial airports, and transportation centers in Buffalo and Niagara Falls. In 2019, a J.D. Power study ranked the Buffalo Niagara International Airport highest in customer satisfaction for medium sized airports in North America.  

 

AIRFIELD AT BUFFALO AIRPORT CLOSES

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             

 

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) announced the airfield at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport has closed due to extreme weather.

 

All evening flights at the Buffalo airport are canceled. Please continue to check on the website for the latest information at buffaloairport.com.       

  

About the NFTA 

The NFTA is a regional multi-modal transportation authority responsible for airport and surface transportation in Erie and Niagara counties. NFTA/NFTM businesses include a bus, rail and ADA paratransit system, two commercial airports, and transportation centers in Buffalo and Niagara Falls. In 2019, a J.D. Power study ranked the Buffalo Niagara International Airport highest in customer satisfaction for medium sized airports in North America.  

Agency will continue to evaluate safety of operations

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) announced it will suspend all bus service until further notice due to inclement weather. The Metro Rail *******. Paratransit service *********NFTA-Metro will continue to monitor weather conditions and update service changes via social media and on the Metro’s website: metro.nfta.com.      

Artist Will Have An Opportunity to Create Images Featured on Metro Buses

BUFFALO, N.Y.- The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, in collaboration with the WNY Urban Arts Collective, is looking for local artists to create a design that will be showcased on Metro buses for Black History Month.

The theme is “Black Inventors”, and artists are encouraged to be creative and inspiring as this is an opportunity to positively contribute to the daily experience of the many people who utilize the NFTA-Metro services.

The deadline for submissions is Thursday, December 22, 2022, by midnight. Beginning December 27, submissions will be reviewed by a selection committee from the NFTA and the WNY Urban Arts Collective. Artists will be notified of their submission status by January 2, 2022.

The contest is open to any Western New York artist to submit their proposal for consideration. Submitted artwork can be new or existing. Upon selection, artists will be paid a flat fee for their work and completed designs should be sent to local artist, John Baker at presbaker.wny.uac@gmail.com

Submission Requirements

Artists are required to submit the following for consideration:

  1. Name
  2. Address
  3. Phone
  4. Email
  5. Title of image
  6. Description of proposed artwork
  7. Bio
  8. Artwork JPEG format file attachment
  9. Save file as: firstname_lastname_JAI_Proposal.jpg(jpeg)

By creating vibrant artwork for our bus, we hope to generate feelings of pride and continue to expand NFTA-Metro’s public art experiences while spotlighting local talent.

Transit Service Restored

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) will resume bus service Tuesday morning, November 22. Because of the condition of many local side streets, the agency is asking Paratransit riders to reschedule if possible.

Due to the massive winter storm, and subsequent travel bans, bus and rail service were suspended, a difficult but necessary measure due to safety concerns.

NFTA-Metro operators and the entire team did an amazing job handling the obstacles that come with a snowstorm of this magnitude and helping to restore routes as quickly as possible.

Details on service updates can be found via social media and on Metro’s website: metro.nfta.com.

Limited service to run outside of areas in travel ban

BUFFALO, N.Y. – As of Monday, November 21, The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) will restore select bus service outside of areas impacted by the travel ban.

Details on specific routes can be found on metro.nfta.com.

NFTA-Metro Rail is returning to normal operations. Paratransit service will continue to operate to the fullest extent but due to severe weather, we are asking riders to reschedule if possible.

Metro will continue to monitor the situation and update any changes via social media and Metro’s website.

Agency will add limited service in travel safe areas

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) announced it will immediately resume limited bus service Sunday, November 20. NFTA-Metro is operating its underground rail service only.

Paratransit service will operate to the fullest extent but due to extreme weather, we are asking riders to reschedule if possible.

NFTA-Metro will continue to monitor the situation and update any changes via social media and details on service updates can be found on the Metro’s website: metro.nfta.com.      

Snow-busting crews get the job done

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) announced the airfield at the Buffalo Airport has re-opened after closing down at 4:00 a.m. this morning due to extreme weather of zero visibility and massive snow amounts. Since midnight, the Airfield has received an estimated 14 inches of snow. Officials are asking travelers to check their airlines and the NFTA website for the latest flight information: buffaloairport.com.      

Agency will continue to monitor and evaluate safety of operations

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) announced it will suspend all bus service until further notice. The Metrorail will operate on a limited basis. Paratransit service has not been suspended, but riders are being asked to reschedule if possible. NFTA-Metro will continue to monitor weather conditions and update service changes via social media and on the Metro’s website: metro.nfta.com.  

Agency will add service in travel safe areas

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) announced it will restore bus service in areas that are outside of the travel ban in Erie County at noon today. NFTA-Metro is operating its rail service and there is full bus service in Niagara County.  Paratransit service has not been suspended, we are asking riders to reschedule if possible. NFTA-Metro will continue to monitor the situation and update any changes via social media and details on service updates can be found on the Metro’s website: metro.nfta.com.

Hazardous and Extreme Conditions are Safety Risk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                           

 

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) announced it will suspend bus service on all routes serving Erie County for Friday, November 18, due to unsafe winter weather conditions. The only bus routes that will be operated will be the 50, 52, 55, and 59, which operate solely within Niagara County. The Metrorail will remain operational at this time. Paratransit service has not been suspended, we are asking riders to reschedule if possible. NFTA-Metro will continue to monitor the situation and update any changes via social media and on Metro’s website: metro.nfta.com.        

 

About the NFTA

The NFTA is a regional multi-modal transportation authority responsible for airport and surface transportation in Erie and Niagara counties. NFTA/NFTM businesses include a bus, rail and ADA paratransit system, two commercial airports, and transportation centers in Buffalo and Niagara Falls. In 2019, a J.D. Power study ranked the Buffalo Niagara International Airport highest in customer satisfaction for medium sized airports in North America.

Crews are getting ready for first snowfall of the season

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) is preparing for the upcoming inclement weather expected to hit parts of Western New York late Thursday.

Crews at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport held a series of dry runs to ensure all equipment is working properly including five snowblowers, multitask plows that can run all day, and a snow melting trailer that melts 135 tons of snow in an hour.

“While every snow event is different, we are prepared to respond to ensure our operations remain safe while minimizing impacts to the community,” said Tom George, Vice President, Operations, NFTA. “Our award-winning crews at the airports and NFTA-Metro have many years of experience dealing with the challenges of severe weather.” 

NFTA-Metro, with its fleet of close to 300 buses and rail system is getting ready for the winter blast as well, and will be communicating any weather related service changes that may occur via social media and on Metro’s website: metro.nfta.com.        

Caring Cops are doing their part to make this Halloween special for patients at Oishei

BUFFALO, N.Y., - Transit Police officers are doing their part to make this a brighter Halloween for children being treated at Oishei Children’s hospital this year.  The officers will hand out Halloween-themed bags to the children with comforting treats featuring a canine paw print blanket. The very popular TAPD K9, Eci, will also be there greeting kids.

“We love to go out in the community to bring joy to children at Oishei,” said NFTA Police Chief Brian Patterson. “Our officers volunteer their time, and it is worth every moment, when they see the smiles, our small gifts bring to these kids.”

The Transit Authority Police Department was established in 1984. The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority created the Transit Police Department to protect and serve the traveling public. The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is a provider of public transportation for Erie, Niagara, and Genesee counties in New York State. Additionally, the authority functions as a port authority, managing the Buffalo International Airport, and Niagara Falls International Airport. The NFTA operates a bus and rail transit system with origins dating back more than 150 years.

 

Prentise Moss Named 2022 Black Achiever

Congratulations to Prentise Moss, named one of 50 Black Achievers in Western New York.  Moss has been with the NFTA since 1987, and through hard work and dedication was promoted to his current position of Air Terminal Supervisor in February 2003.   

“Prentise is dedicated, hard working, and passionate, he truly takes customer service to a new level,” said Kim Minkel, executive director, NFTA. “Prentise is one of the many airport team members who made it possible for the Buffalo Airport to achieve the J.D. Power award for best customer satisfaction in 2018.” 

Prentise is a true professional who’s 35-year commitment to his job is an inspiration, and the NFTA is grateful for his service and proud to have him as part of the organization. Congratulations to all of the honorees.

The 2022 Black Achievers Awards honor 50 exceptional individuals who have distinguished themselves in a variety of ways and have had exceptional careers.
Award recipients were recognized during the 50th Annual Black Achievers Awards Celebration on October 7, 2022.

Enhanced Service Connects People with Jobs

BUFFALO, N.Y., NFTA-Metro and Amazon have partnered to provide service to the Amazon facility in Lancaster. This partnership, requested by many in our community through feedback both companies received, provides service to the facility from Thruway Mall on the 46 Lancaster route. Passengers can transfer from the 4 Broadway, 6 Sycamore, 22 Porter-Best, and 26 Delavan at the Thruway Mall transfer center. Service is provided seven days a week. On weekdays, there are six trips serving the facility, with five trips serving the facility on the weekends.

“We are excited to be able to provide this enhanced service to our riders,” said Kim Minkel, executive director, NFTA. “NFTA-Metro is working very hard at connecting people to jobs. We know how important this is in the growth and vitality of our community.”

Senator Tim Kennedy quote

“Today’s announcement is the result of a public-private partnership. Public transportation works. With the continued price spike in the used car market and the cost of ride sharing services, transportation continues to be a real barrier for employees and employers alike. I’d like to congratulate the NFTA and Amazon for reaching an agreement to remove a considerable hurdle for individuals to be gainfully employed and take care of their households,” commented Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes.

“This is certainly a win for our current and future Amazon employees, but also a win for nearby businesses and neighbors who will also benefit from the added bus service,” said Greg Sullivan, Amazon’s site leader at the Lancaster facility. “We love being a part of this community and thank the NFTA for being great partners in bringing this added commute option for our employees to fruition.”

“Limited transportation is a significant hurdle for both businesses trying to attract workers and for individuals of limited means who want to work hard to provide for their families, said Assemblymember Monica Wallace. "That’s why I’m glad to see Amazon and NFTA working together to find solutions that meet the needs of the employees and the employer. This partnership will help folks without private cars get to work and will help Amazon incentivize the workforce it needs to run its business.” 

Amazon has designated a specific stop location with its own shelter at its facility. The company is enrolling its employees in NFTA-Metro’s Corporate Pass Program, purchasing at least 25 monthly passes going forward.

Masks are encouraged, but optional

BUFFALO, N.Y., Effective immediately, masks are optional for customers and employees at all airports, buses, rail and NFTA facilities. This change comes after the announcement today by Governor Kathy Hochul that the mask mandate on public transportation is no longer in effect.

"We are thankful to all of our customers and employees who helped comply with the mask requirement and helped keep our community safe," said Kim Minkel, executive director, NFTA.

The mask requirement has been in place at the NFTA for the past 2 and a half years.

Drill will test and evaluate preparedness

BUFFALO, N.Y., - The Buffalo Airport Fire Department along with other local first responders will stage a full-scale emergency drill to test the response to a catastrophic incident on airport grounds.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) full scale exercise will take place on Saturday August 27, at 8:30 in the morning until 11:00 a.m. Volunteers will take part in the simulation based on a scenario that there is a diverted aircraft flying from NYC to San Francisco. The aircraft diverts to the Buffalo Airport and lands long and leaves airport property and comes to rest on Genesee Street near Holtz. In this mock exercise there are multiple injuries, fatalities and a significant jet fuel spill on airport property.  

This exercise serves as practice for airport fire departments and local agencies that would normally respond to an aircraft incident at the airport. Airport fire fighters, NFTA police and other emergency workers along with airport personnel will simulate the duties they would perform during a real emergency.

“Federal Aviation Administration regulations require a full-scale exercise once every three years to test the airport’s emergency plan,” stated Lee Weitz, director of aviation. “This is an excellent opportunity for us to test and evaluate our rescue skills. Our top priority is the health and safety of both our passengers and staff, and the entire Western New York Community.”

Volunteers will be dressed up with fake injuries and will be safely extricated from the wreckage and carried to waiting ambulances. This event will not impact airport operations.

We are grateful to the many organizations that are taking part in this important drill. We value their ongoing partnership and commitment to keeping our community safe.

Participating Agencies and Organizations

Federal

TSA

FBI

FAA ATC

State

NYS EMS

NYS Emergency Mgt

NYS Troopers

Erie County

EMS

Fire

Emergency Management

SMART

Sheriff’s Department

MERS

NFTA

BNIA ARFF

BNIA Airfield

Transit Police

BNIA Terminal Operations

BNIA Administration

BNIA FMD

NFTA Administration

EEO

Metro

Para Transit

HSEQ

Public Relations

Government Affairs

Airlines

Frontier Airlines

American Airlines

Southwest Airlines

Jet Blue Airlines

United Airlines

Signature/ Tac Air

Fire Departments

Cleveland Hill Fire Department

Hy-View Fire Department

U-Crest Fire Department

Forks Fire Department

Buffalo Fire Department

Williamsville Fire Department

Snyder Fire Department

Main Transit Fire Department

Depew Fire Department

Niagara Falls Air Base 914th

Town Emergency Managers

Cheektowaga

Amherst

Clarence

Depew

Lancaster

Newstead

EMS

AMR

Twin City Ambulance

Law Enforcement

Transit Police

Cheektowaga

Depew

Amherst

Lancaster

Buffalo

Hospitals

ECMC

BGH

Oishei

MFS

DeGraff

Sisters Hospital

Evaluators

Ithaca Airport Fire Department

NYS Dept of Health

Observers

Genesee County Emergency Management

Catholic Health System

 

 

Drill will test and evaluate preparedness

What:   The Buffalo Airport Fire Department will hold a full-scale emergency drill. The exercise will not impact airport operations.

Who:    Buffalo Airport Fire and NFTA police with area First Responders, along with volunteers. 

Where: Interested media to arrive at 251C Cayuga Road, park in lot and go to gate #4, you will be escorted to the runway area.

When: Saturday, August 27, 2022, at 8:15 a.m. After the drill, everyone will be escorted to the ARFF facility for interviews and then returned back to 251 Cayuga Road for departure.  

Please arrive at the gate by 8:15 a.m.

August 11, 2022, Board Meeting

 

For Immediate Release                                        July 13, 2022

 

 

Meetings of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s Board of Commissioners have been scheduled for Thursday, August 11, 2022, in the sixth-floor Board Room/Main Conference Room at the NFTA, 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, N.Y. At this time, Commissioners of the NFTA may choose to meet in person or participate remotely (subject to change based on Executive Order by the Governor of New York State). The NFTA Chair (or Acting Chair), Executive Director, and essential staff of the NFTA will be present in person. The meetings below are not open to the public but can be viewed and listened to by accessing the NFTA’s website at www.nfta.com. The meeting will be recorded and later transcribed.

 

Thursday, August 11th                        Audit and Governance Committee

                                                            10:00 a.m.

 

                                                            Aviation Committee

                                                            10:30 a.m.

                                               

                                                            Surface Transportation Committee

                                                            11:00 a.m.

 

                                                            Board Meeting

                                                            12:30 p.m.

 

Community Leaders Show the Public What the Improvements Will Look Like

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                June 17, 2022

 

What:       The recently created renderings that illustrate the upcoming improvements at the

                 Freedom Wall will be unveiled for the community to see. Never has this incredible    

                 public work of art been more relevant and important to the Western New York   community.

 

Who:         Senator Tim Kennedy, Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission

                 (MSAAHCC), the East Side Garden Walk (ESWG) and the NFTA.     

 

Where:      Freedom Wall, Cold Spring Bus Facility, 1547 Michigan Ave.

 

When:       Friday, June 17, 11:00 a.m.

As the Community Begins Juneteenth Celebrations, Leaders Unveil the Future Look of the Inspiring Landmark

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   June 17, 2022

 

BUFFALO, N.Y., - Senator Tim Kennedy joined leadership from the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission (MSAAHCC), the East Side Garden Walk (ESGW) and the NFTA on Friday to share renderings of  what the future holds for the beautification project of Buffalo’s Freedom Wall. The Freedom Wall, located at the corner of Michigan Avenue and East Ferry Street, is an important and moving mural that celebrates our nation’s historic and ongoing struggles for political and social equality. Never has this symbolic public artwork had more meaning for the Western New York Community in the wake of the tragedy that occurred on May 14, 2022.

Senator Kennedy is to be thanked for obtaining the state funding needed for the project. The improvements, set to start this summer, include:

  • Reconstruction of the area between the concrete wall and street curbing
  • Installation of LED lighting to accent the wall portraits
  • Replacement of worn street curbing and improvement of sidewalk accessibility

“We are so grateful to Senator Kennedy who made this important and meaningful project come to life,” said Kim Minkel, NFTA Executive Director. “Thanks to Senator Kennedy we will have the money needed to improve the curb appeal around the Freedom Wall. This moving public art project has become a major destination in Western New York, and we are proud to be part of the Freedom Wall and all it represents.”

"This enhancement project will ensure that the Freedom Wall is truly illuminated and appreciated in the way it deserves to be. From the very beginning of this process, it was important to us that we were collaborating with groups like the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission and members of the East Side Garden Walk to discuss what these improvements would look like and how they would be incorporated into this powerful piece of art," said Senator Tim Kennedy. "I'm grateful to our community leaders for continuing to have a thoughtful dialogue with the NFTA and my office, and I'm thrilled to celebrate this progress as we celebrate Juneteenth and the people featured in this iconic Buffalo mural."

This public project will cost approximately $734,000, and will begin later this summer with a target completion date of the Fall 2022. This initiative had a considerable amount of community input. A special community panel conducted a survey, held public meetings and provided key data and direction to ensure that the project truly reflects the desires of the community.   

 

NFTA-Metro Kicks Off First Year of Free Parks Adventure Bus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                    June 13, 2022

 

BUFFALO, N.Y.- NFTA-Metro, the New York State Office of Parks Recreation & Historic Preservation, and the Erie County Parks Department have partnered to offer free Saturday bus service to connect riders to seven of Western New York’s most popular parks. This special service will start Saturday, June 18, and run through Saturday, August 13.

This initiative was developed as a result of feedback from a 2021 Bus Network Improvement Study indicating a significant number of riders desire direct service to local parks and beaches. Western New York is full of amazing places to enjoy, and this program will provide access to its community gems.   

“We are thrilled to offer this innovative new program that our riders requested”, said James Morrell, Director of Public Transit for NFTA-Metro. “Providing access to Western New York’s most beautiful parks and beaches is important for our community and we are happy to make this possible.”

“We are very excited to be partnering with the NFTA and Erie County Parks to provide this opportunity to invite new visitors into our parks. We are keenly aware of some of the barriers related to getting to a few of our more remote parks. We are very happy to be participating in this initiative as we find creative ways to encourage more park visitors. We can’t wait to see everyone in the parks,” said Mark V. Mistretta, NYS Parks Niagara Region Director.

“We, at Erie County Parks, are excited be a part of the launch of the NFTA’s ‘Parks Adventure Bus’,” said Jimbo McDonald, Deputy Commissioner of Recreation. “We look forward to being able to share the natural beauty of many of our Region’s beautiful parks with our neighbors who can now easily take public transportation to these destinations.”

Service will begin on June 18th and every Saturday through August 6th, with a possible make-up day on Saturday, August 13th, departing from the bus station in downtown Buffalo (181 Ellicott Street).

Trip Times:

Departing from downtown bus station: 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:15 p.m.

Departing from the parks: 12:00 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 4:00 p.m.  

Parks served include:

 

  • Knox Farm State Park
  • Chestnut Ridge Park
  • Fort Niagara State Park
  • Como Lake Park
  • Beaver Island State Park
  • Akron Falls Park
  • Evangola State Park

 

 Click on the link to learn more about the Parks Adventure Bus.

For Immediate Release                                        June 9, 2022

Meetings of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s Board of Commissioners has been scheduled for Thursday, June 23, 2022, in the sixth-floor Board Room/Main Conference Room at the NFTA, 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, N.Y. Commissioners of the NFTA may choose to meet in person or participate remotely. The NFTA Chair (or Acting Chair), Executive Director, and essential staff of the NFTA will be present in person. The meetings below are not open to the public but can be viewed and listened to by accessing the NFTA’s website at www.nfta.com. The meeting will be recorded and later transcribed.

 

Thursday, June 23                               Audit and Governance Committee

                                                            10:00 a.m.

 

                                                            Aviation Committee

                                                            10:30 a.m.

                                               

                                                            Surface Transportation Committee

                                                            11:00 a.m.

 

                                                            Board Meeting

                                                            12:30 p.m.

 

Bocce Club Pizza and BurgerFi Bring Unique New Flavors, Variety to Food Court at Buffalo Niagara International Airport

MEDIA ADVISORY                                June 8, 2022

BUFFALO, N.Y. (June 7, 2022) – Travelers at the Buffalo Airport now have two new food choices. A local pizza favorite and a fast-growing upscale burger chain are open for business at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport in partnership with hospitality and entertainment company Delaware North.

Members of the media and local officials are invited to a grand opening for the restaurants – Buffalo-based Bocce Club Pizza and national franchise BurgerFi – on June 9.

 

WHO:    Kim Minkel, executive director of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority;

             Tom Waldron, chief operating officer of Delaware North Travel; Jim Pacciotti,                                                 owner of Bocce Club Pizza

WHAT:   Officials from Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, Delaware North and Bocce                                        Club Pizza will be on hand to cut a ceremonial ribbon and be available to discuss the                                      recently opened Bocce Club Pizza and BurgerFi locations. Samples will be available                                        from both restaurants.

WHEN:   Thursday, June 9 at 10:30 a.m.

 

WHERE: Buffalo Niagara International Airport food court. Please park in the airport parking lot                                    and bring your stub to the event for validation. Because this event is post-security,                                        please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start time and we will escort you through security.

 

About Delaware North
Delaware North is a global leader in the hospitality and entertainment industry. The company annually serves more than a half-billion guests across four continents, including at high-profile sports venues, airports, national and state parks, restaurants, resorts, hotels and casinos. Building on more than a century of enduring partnerships and a commitment to local communities and sustainability, Delaware North’s vision is to delight guests by creating the world’s best experiences today while reimagining tomorrow. Learn more at www.DelawareNorth.com and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

 

 

 

NFTA-Police Officers are Building Relationships One Cup at a Time

NEWS RELEASE                                                         June 2, 2022

 

BUFFALO, N.Y.  - The NFTA is partnering with Tim Horton’s for the start of its Coffee with a Cop program. The first event will be held on June 2, 2022, at the Tim Horton’s located at 474 Michigan Street in Buffalo (14203).

The goal is to invite casual one-on-one conversations between local community members and NFTA transit police officers. There are no planned speeches or agendas.  This is an opportunity for the public to meet their neighborhood police in an informal, comfortable environment to forge bonds and share ideas to help make our community better. During the event, patrons will receive a free small hot coffee courtesy of Tim Hortons.

“Building and maintaining community connection is our goal for the NFTA Transit Police. This program presents a great opportunity for our officers and K-9 teams to engage with residents and forge relationships in a relaxed, friendly setting while working towards a better, safer, and more connected community,” said TAPD Chief Brian Patterson.

“Not only will we deliver delicious food and coffee to guests, but at Tims’ we are committed to supporting our local community. For this Coffee with a Cop initiative with the NFTA Transit Police, our mission is to build relationships with our community one cup at a time,” said Amit and Sahil Ahuja, Franchise Owners

Coffee with a Cop is a long-standing national law enforcement program that brings police officers and the community members they serve together, over coffee, for a brighter tomorrow.